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not need any of this. >> no doubt. congresswoman, thank you for your time tonight. carolyn mccarthy with us here on "the ed show." and that is "the ed show." i'm ed schultz. "the rachel maddow" show starts right now. >> thanks. there is a lot to get to this hour, including news about potential gun law reforms and the continuing reaction to the newtown, connecticut, school massacre there. is some surprising news out of michigan on that issue today that we're going to be getting to. there is news about who is going to be in the united states senate in this next congress. we found out yesterday who is being tapped to replace senator jim demint, who is leaving the senate. we also found out yesterday who might replace john kerry if he leaves the senate to be secretary of state. we found out today who is the odds-on favorite to replace long-time hawaii senator daniel inouye, who died yesterday. we've got all that news ahead. >>> but we begin tonight with something that is an important story in its own terms. but for those of us at msnbc and nbc news, it is also an incredibly emotional thing. and
and wal-mart pulled the bush master assault rifle, the gun used in newtown. other gun dealers are seeing a surge in sales. >> reporter: assault rifles are flying off the shelves here. more than three million americans own an ar-15, the most popular assault rifle. >> people shoot for sport, most of the people that come in here. it's a fun gun to shoot. >> reporter: the ar-15 is the civilian version of the m-16 used by the military and it's the gun of choice in movies and video. it's also been used in some of the worst mass shoes shootings in history. last week a man used one to kill two people at a shopping mall in portland, oregon. in july it was used in the movie theater massacrein colorado. but friday's slaying at sandy hook elementary led to serious talk of a ban on the assault rifle. >> every time a tragedy happens, they bring it up again, but hopefully common sense will prevail and our rights won't be ininged. >> reporter: in chantilly, pey fox, 9 news. >>> on the fiscal cliff, no deal, at least not yet. with 13 days to go until the end of the year and the fiscal cliff, the white ho
. and that is a fact that the right is not willing to concede. and that's "hardball" for now. thanks for being with us. "the ed show" with ed schultz starts right now. >> good evening, americans, and welcome to "the ed show" from new york. the time for common sense gun safety is right now. the country's focused on it. tonight i'll ask a pro-gun republican lawmaker why there is a holdup. this is "the ed show." let's get to work. >> let's go down the path of banning the assault weapon. i think there is a better chance to do that now than ever. >> the gun debate heats up on capitol hill. the president comes out for an assault weapons ban. and the nra makes their first statement following the newtown massacre. tonight republican congressman jack kingston of georgia is here to define his party's message on assault weapons. and congresswoman carolyn mccarthy reacts to the president's statement. >>> social security is officially on the table in fiscal cliff negotiations. david cay johnston tells me if there is any way that makes any sense. >>> and senator bernie sanders on how progressives intend to fight. p
to make needed repairs to what used to be chalk hill middle school. >> electricity, lights, bulbs andsa'rh their electricians and also, i know they're doing, changing locks and bringing furniture, i heard from sandy hook school. >> meantime, miles away, the funerals for the victims killed continued. in the morning there were separate services for two first grade victims first a hearse arrive forward a 6-year-old then, his school mate, another 6-year-old. jess yaik's mother. >> show was telling stories and just how she was a good little girl. she used to smile and stuff. she loved horses. >> just a beautiful kid. that didn't deserve to die. we just hope that something happens, that -- so this tragedy will never happen again. >> they will host manyzk5o funerals this week, today is one family leaving another group of mourners waiting to go into the church for next service. some exchanged hugs and they passed one another. >> i have never been in a situation like this. i'm watching a sea of people leaving a funeral for a child and another sea of people waiting trying to get in for the next
:00 expect for the technology building. students in the technology building told us they were patted down before they were allowed to leave. >> we started clearing the building, and looking for the suspect or a person matching that description that was given to us. did not, did not find anyone matching that description. >> officers gave the all clear just before 8:00. the suspect description was vague and officers say they haven't been able to track the original 911 call. school officials say the large police response was warranted. >> i don't think you can ever call anything to this nature an overreaction in the day and age we live in. any time we receive a possible threat on campus we have to take it seriously. >> reporter: the campus president told us they don't have surveillance cameras but are in the process of tracking them down. reporting live in san jose, matt keller. >>> now to robert honda, he's been talking to students who have been locked down for hours some on their graduation night, robert. >> reporter: that's right, it was supposed to be a night of celebrations or at least
building told us they were patted down before they were allowed to leave. >> we started clearing the building, and looking for the suspect or a person matching that description that was given to us. did not, did not find anyone matching that description. >> officers gave the all clear just before 8:00. the suspect description was vague and officers say they haven't been able to track the original 911 call. school officials say the large police response was warranted. >> i don't think you can ever call anything to this nature an overreaction in the day and age we live in. any time we receive a possible threat on campus we have to take it seriously. >> reporter: the campus president told us they don't have surveillance cameras but are in the process of tracking them down. reporting live in san jose, matt keller. >>> now to robert honda, he's been talking to students who have been locked down for hours some on their graduation night, robert. >> reporter: that's right, it was supposed to be a night of celebrations or at least that was the plan. the scene of police officers and s.w.a.
at theatlantic.com. thanks for joining us. we will take you live to the house floor. [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2012] the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the chair lays before the house a communication from the speaker. the clerk: the speaker's room, washington, d.c., december 19, 2012. i hereby appoint the honorable daniel webster to act as speaker pro tempore on this day. signed, john a. boehner, speaker of the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: the chair will receive a message. the messenger: mr. speaker, a message from the senate. the secretary: mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: madam secretary. the secretary: i have been directed by the senate to inform the house that the senate has agreed to s. res. 624, relative to the death of the honorable daniel k. inouye, senator from the state of ohio. -- hawaii. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the order of the house of january 17, 2012, the chair will now recognize members from lists submitted by the majority and minority l
one of thing that we can do to prevent any of these events, we have a deep obligation, all of us, to try and. over these past five days, the discussion has re-emerged as to what we might do not only to deter mass shootings in the future but to reduce the epidemic of gun violence that plagues this country every day. and it is encouraging that people of all different backgrounds and beliefs and political persuasions have been willing to challenge old assumptions and to change longstanding positions. that conversation pastor continued. but this time the words need to lead to action. we know this is a complex issue that stirs the deeply held passions and political divides. as i said sunday, there's no law or set of laws that can prevent every senseless acts of violence in our society. we will need to work on making access to mental health care at least limited access to guns. we will need to look at a culture that often glorifies guns and violence. any actions we must take must begin inside the home and inside our hearts. the fact that this problem is complex can no longer be an excu
as others were being laid to rest. nbc's anne thompson remains in newtown for us tonight. anne, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. you know the biggest difference at school today was police presence. at holly elementary school, officers stopped each and every car and spoke to the parents and students inside. and at each school there was a team of counsellors helping students deal with their grief and fear. the reopening of newtown schools an act of faith and resolve. >> whether you wait a day a month or whatever. there's no -- there's no rule book. >> reporter: determination quickly tested as a threat to one elementary school forced it into lockdown before students even arrived. the sight of the massacre at sandy hook elementary school remained closed. moving vans carrying furniture and equipment left under a police escort, headed for the school's new building in neighboring monroe. at newtown's catholic church, two funerals today. james mattioli, the first grader who loved to sing loudly, a mini version of his dad. his favorite classes were math and recess. 6-year-old jessica r
an assault weapon ban that bans 35 different weapons. the weapon used was not an assault weapon, therefore it wasn't banned. >> the definition of assault weapons has been gamed by the gun lobby in the service of the gunmakers, no doubt. if the bushmaster rifle with 30 rounds per clip doesn't qualify as an assault weapon, the term "assault weapon" in my opinion is absolutely meaningless. i wanted to get some answers from congressman kingston. so i had an opportunity to visit with him earlier today. >> congressman, good to have you on "the ed show" tonight. i appreciate your time. >> well, thank you, ed. sad times. >> we're having quite a debate in this country about gun control, obviously. and there is questions of bans coming up in the senate. senator feinstein says she is going to reintroduce the assault weapons ban. as it stands, could you go along with that? >> well, i would have to see what she has in mind. and as you know, the ar-15 that was used in this unfortunate tragedy was not considered an assault weapon. and i don't know if she would put that in there. it only shoots one round
former football player here. he's used to wrangling people together. all the kids have been together since young children. they canceled their plans to meet for a holiday celebration in new york city, every single one of them came homestead. >> we've all been such good friends such a long time. we all grew up here. and it's so close-knit, this community. everyone kind of has each other's backs and does whatever it can to help each other out. >> we will be leaving newtown to give this small town its streets back. for the residents here to grieve and share together. but we're not going to stop covering this and talking tab in honor of those who died and to make those in power take action to stop anything like this from happening again. "a.c. 360" begins now. >> erin, thanks very much. good evening, everyone. we are live once again from newtown, connecticut. a town where many students returned to school today. schools reopened, of course, with the exception of sandy hook elementary, the school that's now a crime scene. the students of sandy hook will go back to school after the holidays
charged with escaping from the metropolitan correctional center using bed sheets to climb down from the 15th floor. called one of chicago's most prolific bank robbers the secondhand bandits seen here in action on surveillance tape committed just last week after a bizarre trial being held at the metropolitan correctional center at the loop at 7:00 this morning employees arriving for work found this makeshift rope dangling out of a window on the south side of the building joseph banks into his cell mate have pulled off a brazen escape the window was no more than 4 in. wide and resources tell us that the inmates knocked out cinderblocks to create a hole large enough to squeeze through then they rappelled down the side of the building from the 15th floor on tied together bed sheets. the escape sparked an intense manhunt investigators going into a home where it's believed a relative of conley lived some nearby schools when into locked down as the search continued. the fbi are the ones who told me to stay inside. security has been beefed up for the judge rebecca who presided over bankses trial
, basketball, arm wrestling but he especially loved swimming. his parents used to say he swam like a fish. and loved to visit his grandparents. james also loved to ride his bike. he loved to use hair gel in order to spike up his brown hair. he was a little boy who looked forward to growing up. he liked to sing at the top of his lungs and would ask how old do i have to be before i can sing on a stage? he also wanted to know when he'd be old enough to order a foot long ham sandwich at subway one of his favorite places. james was born four weeks prematurely, his family used to joke, he came into the world because he was hungry. he was an early riser, always eager to start the day. at the end of the day, he loved nothing more than to cuddle up with his mom under a blanket on the couch. james also adored spending time with his dad. in his obituary, his family writes, if dad was outside, james liked to be right there with him. their love was one of a kind. james was his dad's mini look-alike. jessica rekos loved everything about horses. she'd spend her free time reading books about them. drawin
, gas prices. thank you for watthing. dvru if you can't catch us live. have a great night, see you tomorrow. ♪ lou: good evening, everybody. president obama and house speaker boehner have been forced out of their respective negotiating positions. president obama relenting on his pledge for tax hikes on earners above $250,000 a year raising that threshold to $400,000 annually. that, by the way, just happens to be the same amount of money that the president of the united states is paid each year. speaker boehner agreeing to a tax hike on all earnings over a million dollars per year. the back and forth between speaker boehner and president obama has now gone on for 20 days, at least six offers and counteroffers exchanged in public, and at each point when the negotiations appear to be at an impasse, one of them has managed to make concessions that moved the process forward nonetheless. watching the frame work of a deal take shape, no matter how vague, undefined the terms, it's been enough to excite investors3 on wall street. enough today that the dow jones industrial average posted a
jose city college. abc7 news reporter john alston is there live with the latest for us. john? >> carolyn, that all clear came at 7:45. no shots were fired. no gunman was found. for about four hours, no one was quite sure. heavily-armed officers from san jose city college and the city police department swarmed over the campus where hundreds of students were in the middle of their exienl exams. their final exams. the officers searched all five floors of the technology building. >> the scarest part of the evening was when the police came in with their guns basically up. >> on the third floor were journalism students from the san jose college times who took pictures as the drama unfolded. reporters and photographers with the best vantage point. >> they came through the side door, the adjoining classroom and ordered us hands up, drop your cameras, drop whatever you are doing. at which point they told us what they were going to do. they were going to frisk us, check our bags and let us out. >> the search began around 4:30 when the college police department's dispatch center got a c
. it happened at san jose city college. abc7 news reporter john alston is there live with the latest for us. john? >> carolyn, that all clear came at 7:45. no shots were fired. no gunman was found. for about four hours, no one was quite sure. heavily-armed officers from san jose city college and the city police department swarmed over the campus where hundreds of students were in the middle of their exienl exams. their final exams. the officers searched all five floors of the technology building. >> the scarest part of the evening was when the police came in with their guns basically up. >> on the third floor were journalism students from the san jose college times who took pictures as the drama unfolded. reporters and photographers with the best vantage point. >> they came through the side door, the adjoining classroom and ordered us hands up, drop your cameras, drop whatever you are doing. at which point they told us what they were going to do. they were going to frisk us, check our bags and let us out. >> the search began around 4:30 when the college police department's dispatch center g
piling up on each other and they were crying and i said it's okay, my dad a cop. he'll help us. >> reporter: luke's father was rushing to the scene. what did you do when you saw him? >> he grabbed me, actually, and i said "oh, you're finally here, what took you so long?" >> reporter: there will be five more funerals here tomorrow, including one for vicki soto. she was one of the hero teachers who died trying to shield her students. luke santana had ms. soto for first grade a few years back and scott, he reports to me she was "so nice and kind." >> pelley: you have to love that boy. jim, thanks very much. figuring out why this happened is the hardest part of the investigation. justice correspondent bob orr has learned that the killer knew how to cover his tracks. >> reporter: the search for a motive is proving to be difficult. a computer and hard drive recovered from gunman adam lanza's home were smashed into so many small pieces the f.b.i. lab has been unable to retrieve any useful data. cyber experts are not optimistic. police are searching credit card e-mail, and phone record
room by room with painstaking detail. using photos taken inside the school, they're creating a carbon copy of each classroom from what was on the walls, right down to the crayon left in the desk. exactly as it was friday when the school day was savagely cut short. but what if creating that exact environment only triggers the trauma again? >> it might for some kids. it might be a bit wedge. >> reporter: dr. jamie howard is a child psychologist who specializes in post traumatic stress. >> we do try to expose kids to triggers of the trauma because avoiding triggers or avoiding things that remind kids of trauma, and grown-ups, too, just serves to maintain the anxiety. >> reporter: they're ripping out toilets designed for middle schoolers and installing new bathrooms better suited for grade schoolers, hoping to reopen after winter break. why are they in such a hurry? >> it's really important to maintain routines as quickly as possible. that's actually very comforting and very reassuring to kids. >> reporter: there are no rules on how to return a school to normal after such a heinous act. i
is the chancellor at san jose city college. are you there? can you hear us?. >> hello? yes.. >> i know it's a busy time. first give us the latest as far as what you know in terms of whether there is a gunman or not? >> we don't know at this point. and there was a text message indicating that there was a gunman on campus, our police responded immediately and have indicated we have great cooperation from san jose police department, all buildings have been individuals in the east side of the campus have been he skrak waited except for two buildings, science and technology. a classroom by classroom search being taken place. our communications system works well in terms of emergency activations. and we have access to text message to the 9,000 plus students so they're aware of what is going on, being asked to stay away if heading towards campus. so we have done the, all that we can to notify students to be safe. now, just waiting for the situation to resolve itself. >> we understand that campus police went through some crisis train something. >> indeed. we had our campus police went through a training a
. on september 11th the u.s. ambassador and three other americans were killed on a terrorist attack in libya. tuesday an independent review investigating the incident released its findings. a panel was highly critical of the state department saying they ignored arrests in tripoli for more guards and security upgrades relied who heavily on specific requests instead of security. and used unprotect militia to protect the compound. the report also found the attack was not the result of protests over anti-islamic video as first reported. in a letter to congress, secretary of state hillary clinton said she accepts all of the panel's 29 recommendations writing there is no higher priority for me or my department. >>> though there seems to be progress still no fiscal cliff deal in washington. house speaker john boehner said he has a backup plan. but that's not enough for one in three americans who according to a new survey are cutting back on spending due to fears of going over that cliff. nbc's tracie potts joins us now with more. good morning. >> reporter: mara, good morning. good morning, everyone
and hawaii. that's he humility he showed his entire life. there was no staff there just the two of us. we talked for an hour. i would always remember -- having passed away yesterday, it will be imbedded in my mind. as we left, we both thought about fact we had not been able to sit down and talk like that enough. he professed at that time -- his words -- how lucky he has been his whole life. he said i got at emphysema now. i said, not from smoking. he said, i learn to smoke in the war as a boy. he smoked from 1944 to 1967. he told me he had lung cancer. but they were wrong. they took part of his lung out. he talked about how lucky he had been with surviving what he fought with lung can certification but how lucky he had been his while life, for example, the war. i'm sure people would not reflect on his massive injuries as being lucky. butth but he considered he was lucky to have lived. he had been called upon with three other people, three other soldiers, to cross a river in the dark of night, to find out what was going on, on the other side of the river, and he and his three companions, i
of us who had the privilege to serve with you. i hope and i pray that god will give you and your wife many, many more years of life and enjoyment because you have certainly earned it, because you have served not only the united states house of representatives, but you have served us, you have served the people of our districts as well as helping us be better members of congress. so with that i will close by asking god to please bless you and your family and may god continue to bless the house of representatives and jay pearson, you will be in our hearts until the day we die. god bless you. . mr. woodall: at this time, it's migrate pleasure to yield the gentleman from california, chairman of the ways and means health subcommittee, mr. herger. mr. herger: i thank my good friend. how wonderful it is to be able to sit here and listen to all these incredibly warm remarks from people who, like myself, know and love jay pearson. and there's a reason for that. jay, you're one of the best of the best. and i think, it's hard to believe that 26 years comes and goes so very, very quickly, but it
by floor and we've seen the light kind of giving us an indication of where the search has been going. now, if you can see, we just a few minutes ago the lights came on on the top floor and, again, the students and faculty that were inside during the lockdown were told to keep their lights off and the blinds closed so any kind of light like that probably indicates that the police are up there and conducting their search in that area. i will say that the police officers coming in and out of the building seem very calm. no one is rushing in and out so the light at the top of the floor could be a good indication that the search is, you know, well underway on what might be the final floor of this building. we've been talking to students as they come out of the campus area and, again, as we said before, it's more of a partial lockdown now. one of the students who was in the tech building before said there was probably maybe 100 the 200 students in the whole building at one time mainly because it's finals week and they thought there were mainly about 60 people on the floor that he was on so it w
will america do to stop a madman. >> i am a supporter of the second amendment. but i believe it's time for us to move a different direction. >> and the congresswoman who lost her husband in the long island railroad shooting. >>> also, i'll go one-on-one with a gun advocate who said that lawmakers who vote for gun control have blood on their hands. could he be serious? >>> and why the second amendment doesn't say what you think 2 does. >>> plus a class gunned down, a teacher to protect them. main who lost his daughter. >> they believe that because the problem is guns the answer is guns. it's simply ridiculous. >> we'll go inside the mind of a killer. what dr. oz thinks we should do about mental illness. >> i think we need a homeland security approach to mental illness. thirst is "piers morgan tonight." >>> good evening, final farewells today for two more 6-year-olds, victims of the terrible attacks in sandy hook. jessica rekos was a little girl who loved horses and asked santa for cowgirl boots and cowboy hat and james mattioli who asked once how old do i have to be to sing on stage. president
gunman. campus police tell us there have been no reports of shots fired. >> our robert handa is on the scene now. robert is joining us live on the telephone. what can you tell us? >> reporter: as frank said as we reported earlier, the san jose police are basically assisting the san jose city college campus police. they are conducting a campus widowed. police say officers are going from building to building looking for this reported shooter. the initial call came from one person who did not identify themselves. important thing that policement to say is they have not had any reports of shots fired. they have not had any reports of any victims reported. we've been talking to faculty members. they say that basically they are only going by the initial information they were given by campus police that there is a search going on for a possible gunman. they say the scene is hectic but everyone is staying pretty calm. at this point it's been going on for a little while. they say they haven't had anything really new to report except for just waiting to see what happens. one thing that
jon is there live for us tonight to walk us through exactly what happened there this evening. john? >>reporter: well first off everything is back to normal. the all clear was given at about 7:45 tonight. nearly 4 hours after this situation started. now just after 4:00 o'clock the san jose college dispatch got a call from someone saying they were approached by another person who had a gun. man described as wearing a white t-shirt. after that police descended on the tech center where classes and final exams were taking place. students alerted by text. some students also texted themselves from the student center and financial aid center and as precaution places swarmed that location. san jose police 911 also got a call. as a result heavily armed officers went through all 5 stories of the tech center where some journalism students were finishing their final exam. >> basically they came enthusiastic a side door the adjoining classroom and ordered us hands up. drop the camera. drop whatever you are doing. and at which point they told us what they were going to do. they were going
if not for us, let's make it safer for our kids. >> we heard from the national rifle association today for the first time sinc the shooting. they said out of respect for the families and a matter of common decency we have given time for mourning, prayer and a full investigation of the facts before commenting. the nra says it's prepared to offer meaningful contributions to the renewed gun debate. cbs 5 reporter grace lee is live in hayward with a look at how bay area mayors are taking on guns. grace. >>> reporter: we came here to hayward to meet with the state treasurer phil lockyer and what we learned is that california had invested millions of dollars into a gun manufacturer the same gun manufacturer who made the firearm used in newtown connecticut. well, that has since been remedied but this is one of just several political maneuvers, one to distance themselves from gun manufacturers but several with politicians moving closer to "gun control." >>> reporter: in an open letter to the president today eight big city mayors from new york to los angeles asked for an outright ban on assault
, as tragic as it is, brings us a little closer together both in the nation and in washington, that would be a good thing. >> all right. top of the hour. good morning. 6:00 on the east coast, it's wednesday, december 19th. christmas is almost here. >> very respectful dialogue. the nra had a respectful statement. i think a lot of people showing respect on this. >> feel something may be be happening. >> feel some grown-ups, maybe. there are, of course, exceptions. >> there are a few. we have mike barnicle with us. you're not an exception. beautiful piece in "the daily news" today. we'll read that in must read. thank you very much. former treasury officials. mark ratner is with us as well. he has a must read. i'm serious. >> beautiful. >> also in washington, washington anchor for "bbc world news america" katty kay. >> no pieces, sorry. >> you'll write one next time. thank you. so we've got a lot to get to this morning. >> a lot to talk about today. >> those exceptions, what are you talking about? >> just in the conversation about everything you thought there were two exceptions. >> rick perr
the company that manufactured the gun alleged used in the shooting by adam lanza. in california, lawmakers introduced legislation to require background checks on anyone who purchases ammunition, and rick snyder vetoed legislation that would have permitted concealed weapons in schools. the president is coming now. let's take a listen and hear what he has to say. >> good morning, everybody. it's now been five days since the heartbreaking tragedy in newtown, connecticut. three days since we gathered as a nation to pray for the victims, and today a few more of the 20 small children and six educators who were taken from us will be laid to rest. we may never know all the reasons why this tragedy happened. we do know that every day ameri violence. we know such violence has terrible consequences for our society. and if there's even one thing that we can do to prevent any of these events, we have a deep obligation, all of us, to try. over these past five days, the discussion has reemerged as to what we might do, not only to deter mass shootings in the future, but to reduce the epidemic of gun viole
background checks. so what is pretty clear is the nra represents gun manufacturers. they use their membership to kind of create this mythology of political force, but in fact they really don't elect or defeat people. but they do affect what happens in congress. and i think the armor that they have put up there is about -- is showing a lot of chinks right now. >> congressman yarmuth, thank you for joining us, and thank you for breaking your silence on this. >> again, i don't think i have that much courage, i recognize over the weekend, one of the problems is we have a tragedy like this. people talk as long as the news cycle lasts. and then as the news cycle stops, we stop beating the dream drums, we need to take steps to meani meaningfully stop gun violence, as long as we keep beating the drums, we'll have an impact. >> well, we're going to help you, thank you. >> thank you, lawrence. >>> joining me now, msnbc's joy reed, there is a kentucky democrat, the only kentucky democrat in congress. he won with a 29% margin, defying the nra, even before tonig tonight. defying the nra in kentucky. they
>>> thanks for being with us on this wednesday afternoon. don't go anywhere. chris matthews and "hardball" is next. >>> getting serious. let's play "hardball." ♪>>> getting serious. let's play "hardball." ♪>>> getting serious. let's play "hardball." ♪>>> getting serious. let's play "hardball." ♪>>> getting serious. let's play "hardball." ♪>>> getting serious. let's play "hardball." ♪ >>> good evening. i'm chris matthews in washington. let me start with this. getting serious on guns in the hands of dangerous people. the president's given vice president biden is month to deal with a lethal combination of semiautomatic guns, clips, mental illness, and a violent culture. it's the brew that blew in newtown, connecticut. is there something we can do? the fiscal cliff. the president now says we're so close it makes no sense to fail. let's see tonight how close is close and whether or not the grownups can bring this to a healthy conclusion. and back to benghazi. there are reports in the state department's being blamed here. didn't have the protection they asked for. did
of omission that would leave us open to foreign attack and invasion. tragically, we can't say the same about attacks on the country's domestic tranquility. what has the congress done to protect the country? nothing. and here's the question. when will we refuse as citizens to settle for, accept, live with a congress that fails to act in the face of such a demonstrated vulnerability? if not now, after this, when? next week? next month? next year? next what? and if not us, who in this world is going to demand action to protect americans? joining me now is u.s. senator dick durbin of illinois. i want to read something from you which is very impressive, and it's in the op-ed pages of "the chicago tribune." quote, what holds us back are political organizations that are well-funded, well-organized, and determined to resist even reasonable limitations. there's a close political parallel between the gridlock in washington on dealing with our economy and national debt and the eerie silence in congress as the list of horrific gun crimes grows by the day. senator durbin, thank you. i know you have got a
offers his resignation. >> the debate over u.s. gun- control laws heats up. >> we take a look at the difficulties north korean refugees face in adjusting to their new lives and freedom. >> well, egypt's opposition is gearing up for new protests today against a constitution drafted by the ruling islamists. the second round of voting is due at the weekend, but the opposition are crying foul, alleging widespread voting violations. the process has been thrown into further disarray after the resignation of the cross secure general. >> it is a month since president morsi put him on the job. protesters sought the appointment as an attack on the judiciary. the judiciary, like the population, is split over the vote on the constitution and the way it was drafted. opponents say it was rushed through and failed to protect the rights of minorities. >> well, we are now being joined by our correspondent on the line from cairo. thanks for joining us. with a group of judges saying they will boycott supervision on the second round of voting referendum, will the result be valid? >> pressure is i
the popularity issue is a significant one. i would not ever confuse it with how people feel about us. it is a very different thing. >> in many places, we want friends. i have a three-part question -- what can we do to encourage a resolution or force a resolution to end the conflict? how likely is it we can do this successfully? what are the continued benefits of we succeed? >> i will ask bruce to begin. >> the israeli-palestinian conflict is extraordinarily difficult to sell. i have spent an inordinate amount of my life with israelis and palestinians trying to reason together and cannot claim any measure of success. that said, i think where we are today is substantially different than where we have been in the past. we know the contours' of agreement between israel and palestine. president clinton laid them out 12 years ago. there has been a lot of work since then. the question then becomes, what are we prepared to do to make that happen? that is a question of political will. there are huge obstacles on both sides. the forces of peace in the israeli camp and the palestinian camp have
later, we will discuss the recent increase in u.s. manufacturing. we will also take your calls, e- mails and tweets. "washington journal" is next. host: good morning, it's wednesday, december 19, 2012. the white house has thrown its support behind several gun- control measures on tuesday in the wake of the shooting rampage in newtown, connecticut. a state department inquiry into the september 11 terror attack in benghazi, libya, criticized the agency harshly for inadequate security that -- but specificrecommend signi individuals. and we begin today in on the details of john boehner's plan to avoid the fiscal cliff. we want to hear from you. how optimistic are you that a compromise can still be reached before the end of the year? give us a call -- and you can get up with us on all your social media web sites on facebook and twitter, or e- mail us. a very good morning to you. i want to take you to the lead story in today's washington post. that was today's washington post. here's the headlines from "politico" today. i want to take you to speaker john boehner's comments on the state
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